Seattle Kids Events Calendar

The Seattle Kids Events Calendar will keep you informed about what's happening in Seattle especially for kids and their families.

Many events on the other calendars are also suitable for children, but it's a lot of information to wade through! Most all of those have activities especially for kids. Here I've gathered some events that are specifically aimed at families with children to help you find some of them more easily.


Do you know of an event that families with children would really enjoy? If so, and you'd like to see it added to the calendar, tell me about it here!



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Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

Skagit Valley Tulip Festival

April 1 - April 30
Mt. Vernon, 60 miles north of Seattle
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A yearly event welcoming the arrival of spring, the Tulip Festival offers activities for all ages including a 2-mile and 5-mile run, bike rides, arts and crafts, a battle of the bands, parade, basketball tournament, quilt show and walk, antiques safari, art fair, salmon barbecue, home tour, wine festival, Deception Pass boat tours, and lots, lots more. But even if all those activities weren't available, the drive is well worth it just to see the amazing fields of tulips! If you've never seen it, don't miss it this year!

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Seattle Center Productions - Whirligig!

April 4 - April 20
Monday - Sunday, 11am - 6pm
All Day Pass $7.50, All Day Toddler Zone Pass $4.50, Single ticket $1.50, Free Thursdays (July 17 rides will close at 2pm)
Seattle Center

For two weeks kids can glide, slide, and ride on giant inflatable rides set up in the Center House. Other activities include roaming clowns, face painting, and other entertainment. A special Toddler Zone is also available.


Seattle Children's Theatre: Art Dog

April 10 - May 18
Seattle Children's Theatre at Seattle Center
201 Thomas St.

For ages 5+.

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Fiddleheads Parent/Child Nature Classes

Saturdays, April 26 - June 28
10am-12pm
$18/class for 1 adult and 1 child. Additional child: $9/class
UW Botanic Gardens - Washington Park Arboretum, 2300 Arboretum Dr E

Preschoolers and parents will experience the Park through science-based exploration and outdoor play. Each week of class is based on a different learning theme and features hands-on activities, hiking, games, stories and crafts.


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Kelsey Creek Farm Sheep Shearing

Saturday, April 26
11:00am - 4:00pm
Admission is free, some acitivities may have nominal fees ($0-10).
Kelsey Creek Farm, 410 130 Pl SE, Bellevue

Sheep shearing, one of the showier examples of farming life at Kelsey Creek Park, takes center stage Saturday, April 26. The annual sheep shearing event will also feature a variety of fun farm events, including spinning demonstrations, inflatables, 4-H exhibits, kid’s crafts, tractor rides, pony rides, food and more!


Mom & Me at the Zoo

Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo

Saturday, May 10
9:30am - 3pm
Free with zoo admission
Woodland Park Zoo
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

Moms and families enjoy activities in the North Meadow.


Spirit of West Africa

Saturday, May 10
Seattle Center

Enjoy live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a marketplace. This lively and colorful festival features traditional dance and music as well as hip hop, jazz and rock with world-class local and touring artists from Senegal, Guinea, Benin, Mali Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, and Cameroon.


Stars on Ice 2014 Tour

Sunday, May 18
4:00pm
KeyArena, Seattle Center

Stars on Ice Tickets


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Edmonds Waterfront Festival - 26th Annual

May 30 - June 1
Friday 3pm - 10pm
Saturday 11am - 10pm
Sunday 11am - 7pm
Edmonds Waterfront
$3 admission charge; children under 12 free

The festival features live music and entertainment on stage, a 5K run, classic yachts on display, beer garden, and a fish hatchery with free fishing for children. Other children's activities include a climbing wall, inflatable rides, face painting, art projects, and more.


Things To Do in Seattle with Kids

  • Space Needle
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Experience Music Project
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Woodland Park Zoo OR The Museum of Flight

I recommend the Seattle CityPASS  - it will save you 45% off these 6 attractions, plus you can skip the lines. You'll save money if you go to at least four.


Spring Carnival Days - Burien

June 12 - June 15
SW 152nd St. in Downtown Burien


Burien Wild Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 16, 10:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday, June 17, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Burien Town Square Park, 5th and 152nd SW in Downtown Burien

Bike fair, 5K run, Father's Day Car Show, Chili Cook-Off, carnival, music, street performers, and lots of family and kid-friendly activities.


Georgetown Carnival

Saturday, June 14
Noon to 10pm
Airport Way S at South Vale St

Art, live music, circus acts, carnival games, fire dancers, hot rod show, food, beer garden, power tool races, and more.


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Auburn KidsDay

Friday, June 20
11:00am - 4:00pm
Les Gove Park, 11th Street and Auburn Way South

Inflatable rides, mini golf, arts and crafts, face painting, food vendors, entertainment, and activities.


Bellevue Strawberry Festival

Saturday, June 28 and Sunday, June 29
Crossroads International Park, 16000 NE 10th St., Bellevue

Fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake eating contest, miniature golf, climbing wall, games, entertainment and agricultural displays. Microsoft Playtest Family Fun Area features carnival games, castle and carousel bouncers, clowns, music, face painting, peddle cars, and lots more.


Seafair Pirates Landing

Saturday, June 28
9:30am - 2pm with Pirates landing between 11:30 and 12:30
Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave SW, West Seattle

This is also part of West Seattle's Summer Fest. The pirates are volunteers who make appearances at various events throughout the year. And, yes, they actually arrive on a pirate ship and land on the beach!


Red, White & Zoo

Wednesday, July 2 and Thursday, July 3
10:00am - 2:30pm
Free with zoo admission
Woodland Park Zoo
N. 50th St. and Phinney Ave. N

A Fourth of July picnic for the animals includes popsicles, watermelons, and corn on the cob.


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Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

Lake Union Wooden Boat Festival

July 4 - July 6
10am - 9pm daily (limited activities will run until fireworks on July 4)
Free
South Lake Union and Center for Wooden Boats
1010 Valley Street

Over 100 gorgeous wooden vessels, free boat rides, scavenger hunt, boatbuilding demonstrations, food vendors, live music, exhibits, and a pub. Build a toy boat and race against other contestants! Fireworks display on Monday, July 4th. The new Lake Union Park is an excellent place to view the fireworks so arrive early to stake out a spot on the lawn in front of the music stage.


Day Out with Thomas and the Go Go Thomas Tour 2013

Thomas the Tank Engine
Photo by Stan Orchard

July 11-13 and July 18-20
$23 for ages 2 and up, tickets by reservation, space is limited
www.trainmuseum.org
Northwest Railway Museum
38625 SE King St., Snoqualmie

Model train displays, puppet shows, music, storytelling, hands-on arts and crafts, build with Mega Bloks, meet Sir Topham Hatt, and a 25-minute ride with Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes, really!


Seafair Pirate's Booty Milk Carton Derby

Saturday, July 12
10am - 4pm
Registration opens in April
Southwest Corner of Green Lake, near the Aqua Theater

Yes, we're talking actual milk cartons like the ones that milk comes in! Almost 100 milk carton watercraft of all shapes and sizes, designed and built by children, adults, families, and businesses, compete on the water in Green Lake for $10,000 in prizes. Registration opens on April 1st. The website gives helpful "how to" tips on designing and building if you're new at this. Shore activities include petting zoo, pie eating, magic show, face painting, food and entertainment.


Alki Art Fair

Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20
10am - 6pm
Free
Alki Beach Park, 1702 Alki Ave. SW, West Seattle

Local art show with music, food carts, children's art activities, and a silent auction.


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Camlann Medieval Village Summer Festivals

July 19 & 20 and August 23 & 24
Noon-5pm
Camlann Medieval Village
10320 Kelly Road NE, Carnation

Camlann Village is a living-history medieval-style village with crafts, blacksmith, 14th century music, archery, combat by knights in armor, horse rides, games, craft vendors and demonstrations, puppet show, medieval clothing rental, food and more.


White Center Jubilee Days

Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20
16th Avenue SW between SW Roxbury and SW 100th Streets

Live music, carnival, children's entertainment, street fair, food booths, parade, fireworks.


Things To Do in Seattle with Kids

  • Space Needle
  • Pacific Science Center
  • Seattle Aquarium
  • Experience Music Project
  • Argosy Cruises Harbor Tour
  • Woodland Park Zoo OR The Museum of Flight

I recommend the Seattle CityPASS  - it will save you 45% off these 6 attractions, plus you can skip the lines. You'll save money if you go to at least four.


Renton River Days

July 25 - July 27
Friday, 11am - 8pm; Saturday, 10am -8pm; Sunday, 10am - 6pm
Liberty Park between Bronson Way N and Houser Way N

Kids activities, parade at 10am on Saturday, arts and crafts, Art Market, Nibble of Renton, quilt show, recreation, stage entertainment and food.


Seafair Torchlight Parade

Seattle Fun - Seafair Torchlight Parade

Saturday, July 26
7:30pm - 12:00am
Floats on display along Mercer Street from 2pm - 6pm
Downtown Seattle (along 4th Ave)

The Torchlight Parade is a Seattle tradition now in its 63rd year. It's a grand parade featuring giant helium balloons, marching bands, drill teams, clowns, horses, those famous Seafair pirates, and lots more. Arrive early with your lawn chair for curbside seating or opt for buying a ticket to sit in one of several sets of bleachers stationed along the route.


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This is not an exhaustive list. But the Seattle Kids Events Calendar will give you some ideas and choices that are especially for kids and families. Check back now and then for updates.



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